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Tweet how to make an icon, how to draw a car, how to create a flash website? These are all questions sitting in my traffic logs. Obviously Google thinks studiowhiz.com is a site that can help – and in the past that would have been true, back when Studiowhiz was well known in the Flash [...]

how to make an icon, how to draw a car, how to create a flash website? These are all questions sitting in my traffic logs. Obviously Google thinks studiowhiz.com is a site that can help – and in the past that would have been true, back when Studiowhiz was well known in the Flash Community. I even wrote the book Build your first website with Flash MX a few years back.

Now however Studiowhiz is my personal blog – still why can’t it provide a resource for these things? So this post will answer these 3 questions:

  • How to make an icon
  • How to draw a car
  • How to create a flash website


iconbuild.pngHow to make an icon?
First up I’m going to suggest not to. Making icons is not easy and takes a real eye for design. Icons today come in many sizes, 16×16, 32×32, 64×64, 128×128 – and while it might be easy to say these are just half sizes of each other it’s another thing to design an icon that scales nicely. Still you can make icons using Photoshop and other tools.

Tools for making icons:

Places to get ready made icons:

  • famfamfam.com – the silk collection is undoubtedly THE most popular and well used icon set for Web 2.0. Free to use and I’m sure you’ve seen the icons – from websites to firefox extensions.
  • IconFactory – brilliant collection of beautiful icons (for personal use)
  • StockIcons (from IconFactory) – beautiful stock icons for purchase
  • IconBuffet – well designed icons & site

How to draw a car?
I learned to draw a car when I was very young. I remember my father (who could always draw better than me) showing me how to break the car down into basic shapes, then fill in the details. There are some great online resources for learning to draw and they can be found:

How to create a flash website?
flash_no.png Right here I’m going to say – Don’t create a flash website! Today there is little to no need for a flash website. That’s something coming from the guy who wrote a book about building flash websites. Still with the ability of modern HTML, CSS and AJAX there is no need to build a full site in flash. Flash is (and always was) a great solution for providing interactivity to certain elements – but should NEVER be considered for a full site. Yeap I know some of the folks that hang out on this site and I used to know from Macromedia & Adobe might disagree, but I’m going to stick to my guns. Flash is great for video, for slideshows, for tours & walk-throughs. Flash can be made to do some fantastic stuff in the realm of video conferencing, sessions on demand, elearning, and immersive kiosks.

Flash has done it’s time as a solution to the website. Today sites should be accessible without needing plugins and extras – and should be available on any browser, be-it pc or mobile. HTML, xHTML, CSS and AJAX are the only solutions for website development today. Sure by all means use Flash, SilverLight, Flex and other technologies for elements within your site, but walk away right now from any one who tells you, you need a flash website.

Summary
You can download so many icons today, the internet can teach you to draw and you don’t need a fully flash built website. Can you add to our icon & tutorial list? Maybe you have a thought on Flash websites – the comments are open.

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